Spontaneous finds always seem to work out for the better because you begin with no expectations. Day 5 in Berlin and we find ourselves back on the streets of Kopernikusstraße. This time round the entire atmosphere was slightly different as it was a weekday. The weekend crowd has dissipated to the depths of the city centre, leaving us with a sleepy neighbourhood on a lazy morning.
Of all the cafes that we have visited in Europe thus far, the historic Nowa Prowincja in Krakow could possibly be the one that fits the bill perfectly for my ideal cafe : wrapping my fingers around a cup of their unique hot chocolate, sitting at one of the rustic tables inside and soaking up the laid-back, chatty atmosphere, catching up with a good friend over meaningful conversation.
If you’re looking for a cheap, hearty meal in a friendly self-service restaurant setting in Krakow (Poland), Polakowski just off the main market square is the way to go. We simply could not get enough of the amazing Polish dumplings known as Pierogis and it more than satisfied our cravings here.
The Grill Room at the Royal Castle Hotel in Dartmouth, where we stayed at on my Easter visit, is probably the place to go to for a traditional, proper dinner with your family; it is known among the officer cadets at the nearby Royal Naval College as ‘The Castle’ and offers a lovely sea view alongside immensely well-prepared seafood (think mussels and haddock!) which are in my opinion rather value-for-money, given the generous quantity and quality! Thanks to the newly-commissioned SLT Tan for the treat; It was an amazing meal.
On a side note, the restaurant itself was also posh without being overwhelmingly intimidating, and is a really comfortable environment to just spend the night catching up with loved ones.
I love Christmas markets; the aroma of churros, crepes and Nutella permeating the wintry night air, carousels and pushing through throngs of excited locals and tourists all gathered together to indulge in the festive air. Here’s a quick look at what I had (and saw, it’ll be impossible to finish them all!) at the Champs-Élysées Christmas Market (the largest market within Paris’ city limits) in a follow-up to Nat’s post on the Manchester Christmas Market
How can an English student like myself miss out on paying a visit to the iconic Cafe de Flore when I was in Paris? Located at the crossroads between Boulevard Saint-Germain and the Rue St. Benoit, in the 6th arrondissement, this cafe has a legacy for being a gathering point for French intellectuals in the post-war period. Just imagine; the likes of thinkers such as Jean-Paul Sartre once pondered the world at this very cafe, watching the world go by….
La Pâtisserie Viennoise is a small, unassuming cake and coffee shop tucked away in a corner off the Parisian tourist area of St. Michel. We just happened to be walking by and could not help but marvel at the array of cakes and tarts on display: huge slabs of chocolate cake, exquisite almond tarts as well as all sorts of other delights. It is pretty well-known, filled with a good mix of both locals and tourists, and settling in the cosy coffee shop seems like the perfect thing to do on a slightly chilly winter’s day.